April 20, 2015

Happy Monday.

Last weekend, I had a rare privilege of taking a road trip to Arkansas with some of my family. It’s a perfect time of year, because the wild flowers were in bloom.

There were fields of blue bonnets, some Indian paint brush, and fields of breathtakingly beautiful yellow flowers, 14281044052_50b46f61f3_b(they were not dandelions) but I haven’t found what they are–just a delight to the eyes.

I’m still relishing the beauty and appreciating the fact that they would be considered “lilies of the field,” totally at the mercy of God’s hand. He waters them with the rain, gives the sun they need, and all they do is just bloom!

Jesus told us to “consider the lilies,” to take a lesson in knowing that God is the husbandman who knows our needs in every season of life, and cares.

I could not help but think of one of our former president’s wife, Lady Bird Johnson, wife of Lyndon B. Johnson.

During their tenure in the White House, one of her projects was beautifying the landscape of our country with flowers.

Since she was a Texan, she saw to it that blue bonnets, the state flower, would be planted prolifically in Texas and nearby areas.

Though her death was in 2007, her legacy lives on in the enjoyment so many have while posing for pictures among the blooms or just taking it in with our eyes.

The fact is each one of us will leave something of ourselves to those who follow.

Ecclesiastes 1:4 says, “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh.”

I happen to be among those who followed what has been called “the greatest generation.” They were great and we owe a debt to pass it on.

Perhaps we should pause and ask, “What will I leave that will bring meaning, hope, and even beauty?

In his song, Jon Mohr puts it so succinctly:

“Find Us Faithful”

“After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone,
And our children sift through all we’ve left behind,
May the clues that they discover
And the mem’ries they uncover
Become the light that leads them
To the road we each must find.”

Chorus:

“O may all who come behind us find us faithful;
May the fire of our devotion light their way.
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey.
O may all who come behind us find us faithful.”

We may not leave anything as spectacular as fields of flowers. But we can be faithful.

12 thoughts on “April 20, 2015

  1. All my trees are in full bloom, too! Each time you share and write, I hear your voice and I am glad!! Today I can plainly “hear” YOU singing, and I am blessed :-}

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  2. Such a wonderful article. I am so very glad you were able to take a lovely drive! There is nothing quite as refreshing as a beautiful field of flowers! I may not post a note every week, but I always enjoy reading your wonderful thoughts. Much love to you.

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  3. I’m so glad that you had a chance to get away for a while. Road trips are so fun, especially with loved ones. Of course, EVERYONE must keep a good attitude. Ha! I often like to take back roads just to enjoy the scenery. God is definitely the best outdoor decorator. I am also very thankful for the previous generations of faithful men and women who have passed their principles down to me, and yes, I owe them a debt. Your words caused me to pause today and give thought to those who have invested in my life. I’ve been blessed! May God find me faithful so that my life will have meaning. I love you!

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  4. Wonderful truth, as always! I missed your post last week and so glad to find you in my mailbox today. God bless you, sweet lady.

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  5. Once again, thank you. Azaleas are in full bloom here in North Carolina and I can not take my eyes off them. Pinks, whites, lavenders and fuschia. As I rode on the car with my three young granddaughters, I explained that God must love color and flowers to give them for us to enjoy. The girls sat in awe and agreed! My neighbor, across the street, has so many in her yard and when I look out my front door I can enjoy her Azaleas! I think I must go over and thank her for planting them! Have a great colorful week! Jeannie

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  6. Good morning Mrs. Hyles, thank you for another Monday with Beverly. We moved to Texas 35 years ago and the first thing I noticed about the landscape was the beautiful Texas wild flowers. I remembering commenting to my husband how beautiful the flowers were and how good God was to plant so many for us to enjoy. Thinking about what you said about Mrs. Johnson planting wild flowers along roads and highways for us to enjoy made me wonder if someone planted some for Mrs. Johnson to enjoy. How wonderful that our precious savior left us an example to follow in leaving something for others to enjoy, the wild flowers. Mrs. Hyles, you mentioned following the greatest generation, no you are part of the greatest generation. Part of that great group of people who gave their all and did whatever it took to see that there would never be another Pearl Harbor. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I started something to leave for our children and grandchildren. I have written and received copies of the marriage licenses for my husband and myself of our parents and grandparents. I had them framed and matted and have a framed picture of each couple hanging next to the licenses. Just a small thing to leave, but to let them know I love them and was thinking of them. The oldest license I found was dated 1905. God bless, take care, and love ya lot. Mrs. Lee Ann Gray

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  7. Mrs. Hyles I can almost hear you singing “Find Us Faithful” in the beautiful way you sang it at First Baptist. You truly are a wonderful testimony of being found faithful and a shining example to Christian ladies worldwide! Have a wonderful day and thank you for “Monday With Beverly”!

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